Evaluating the Risk of Raw Milk

Many raw milk advocates are clear in their belief that consumption of raw milk should be a personal choice – they don’t force others to drink raw milk but people shouldn’t force them to abstain from drinking raw milk either.

A thoughtful and well-written piece titled, “The Risk of Raw Milk,” discusses the risk of consuming unpasteurized dairy in systematic terms, including these first two:

  1. Risk Belongs to the Risk Taker: Assuming that there is a risk to drinking raw milk, the author asks, “Who are you to tell me that it is an unnecessary risk for me?  Should I tell you that eating the processed food in your cupboard is an unnecessary risk for you? Well, I am going to tell you that…but I am not going to make it law.”
  2. All Options Carry Risk in Some Form: Assuming that there is a risk to drinking raw milk, how are we to make the assumption that there is not also a risk to drinking industrialized, chemical-laden pasteurized milk? The FDA’s recall list also includes pasteurized dairy products and even apples. “In our modern food system, consider everything a risk,” the author writes.

Read additional arguments about the risk of raw milk here.

Realmilk.com is a consumer education project of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition education nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. Visit their website, westonaprice.org.

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Mother of Child Who Fell Ill From (Allegedly) Raw Milk Speaks Out

In the midst of debates surrounding new raw milk legislation in Victoria, Australia, four or five children in the region became ill, allegedly from the consumption of raw milk, and tragically one of the children passed away due to resulting complications. People on both sides of the raw milk debate rushed to pass judgments and call for legislative reform, despite lack of evidence that conclusively pointed to raw milk as the cause of illness.

A local blogger wrote about her thoughts on the unfolding events and was surprised when, shortly thereafter, the mother of one of the ill children contacted her on Facebook. The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, provided a backstory on her family’s raw milk consumption and timing of events, including why she herself was hesitant to believe that raw milk was the certain cause of her son’s illness.

My son was diagnosed with a parasite (cryptosporidium) after having severe gastro for 10 days.  I was told that raw milk was a possible cause.  We had also visited a farm, picked up and cuddled chickens, cats and dogs from this farm and swam in a pool…all also possible risk factors for this parasite. If I could get closure on this and know for sure that it was the milk, it would give me some peace…but I am not convinced,” she wrote.

In this case, it is possible that raw milk was the cause of illness but it is not certain – and for the media and members of the public to rush to judgment without any conclusive evidence is inflammatory and threatens rational conversation about the reform of raw milk in Victoria and elsewhere.

Realmilk.com is a consumer education project of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition education nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. Visit their website, westonaprice.org.

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RAW MILK RIGHTS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA

Linda Morken, is a Weston A. Price Foundation volunteer chapter leader in Victoria, British Columbia. She recently penned an article about raw milk for the Rural Observer, a magazine in her province with a mission to build community and foster the exchange of ideas.

Linda raised her 4 children on farm fresh, unprocessed milk on a farm in Alberta. The family later relocated to the city of Victoria and strayed from their whole foods diet. For 10 years, Linda prepared vegetarian meals and replaced the meat with soy. As serious health issues arose throughout the family, Linda realized their modernized diet may be at the root of their degenerating health.

In her search for solutions, Linda found the Weston A. Price dietary guidelines and attended a GAPS diet class. Going back to the WAPF recommended farm foods that were the standard fare of her pioneer grandparents, has meant that Linda and her family members have seen constant and profound improvements in their health. She is grateful that WAPF provides sound and scientifically backed evidence that underscores the wisdom of our ancestors and of Dr. Price. The reason why Linda serves as a WAPF chapter leader and wrote her recent article in Rural Observer is because she passionately believes that today’s epidemic levels of degenerative disease and the needless suffering they bring can be relieved once the diet is sorted out, most especially in children. And having access to traditional, farm fresh, unprocessed whole milk is a big part of that.

Read her article here:
http://www.realmilk.com/international-updates/raw-milk-rights-in-british-columbia/

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David Gumpert’s The Raw Milk Answer Book Will Become a Reality Thanks to Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

David Gumpert, author of The Complete Patient blog and a staunch supporter of food freedom, will have a new book coming out thanks to an incredibly successful crowdfunding campaign that drew the support of close to 200 people and more than doubled his fundraising goal.

The Raw Milk Answer Book addresses more than 200 of the most common questions about raw milk, including the complex and controversial. “It is an engaging conversation, unblinking in its focus on real-world data, unafraid to take issue with wild claims on either side of the raw milk controversy,” reads The Raw Milk Answer Book’s crowdfunding page.

The book, which is expected to be released on March 23, 2015, will be available on Kindle and CreateSpace. Bulk wholesale orders for farm buying clubs and holistic health practitioners will be available. Stay tuned to Gumpert’s blog, The Complete Patient, for additional updates.

Realmilk.com is a consumer education project of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition education nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. Visit their website, westonaprice.org.

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West Virginia Senate Passes Bill That Would Legalize Herdsharing Agreements

The West Virginia Senate has passed a bill that would allow people to obtain raw milk through herdsharing agreements.

The bill passed narrowly by an 18-16 vote of approval. While numerous senators were reluctant to pass the bill because of public safety risks, one senator argued that raw milk is safer than most people think.

“This is a basic question of economic and personal liberty. It’s not to say there is zero danger but the danger is actually extremely slight. More people die from eating spinach than from drinking raw milk. More people die from eating raw cantaloupe than drinking raw milk,” said Senator Ron Miller (R-Upshur).

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 Wyoming Food Freedom Act Passes State Senate Committee

The Wyoming Food Freedom Act has passed the Senate Agriculture, State and Public Lands and Water Resources Committee and will move to the Senate floor for debate.

The Wyoming Food Freedom Act (House Bill 56) would deregulate certain homegrown foods to allow for farms to legally sell directly to the consumer. This would apply to sales at farmers markets and on the farm, for single transactions from the producer to “an informed end consumer.”

Those who spoke in favor of the bill cited the rights of individuals to make their own decisions about what kinds of foods they wish to buy for themselves and for their families. Others argued in favor of the bill because it would help local farmers increase their incomes and bolster the local economy.

Realmilk.com is a consumer education project of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition education nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. Visit their website, westonaprice.org.

 

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Food Rights at Stake in Minnesota

A small, family-owned farm in Grand Marais, MN is facing excessive fines by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) because the family is refusing an unconstitutional inspection of their farm.

“On October 14, 2014 the MDA demanded to do an inspection of the farm, which the family refused on the grounds that the Minnesota Constitution acknowledges their right to peddle the products of their farm. Now the MDA hopes to fine the small operation a crippling $500 per day after the March 9, 2015 hearing if they are found to be in contempt,” according to blog Nourishing Liberty.

This is not only another case of farms being unjustly targeted by local and state departments of agriculture but, more importantly, it is a case about food rights. This community farm provides nutritious, locally raised meats, dairy products and baked goods to their neighbors. Don’t community members have the right to privately obtain foods of their choosing from local farmers without interference of regulators? Why is it okay for regulators to excessively fine a family for feeding their neighbors?

Read more about how you can support this family farm here.

Realmilk.com is a consumer education project of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition education nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. Visit their website, westonaprice.org.

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Prevention Magazine Weighs Pros and Cons of Raw Milk

Prevention, a popular women’s magazine that covers a range of health and beauty topics, recently published an article weighing the risks and benefits of raw milk.

Should You Drink Raw Milk?” examines raw milk in the context of other of-the-moment health foods like kimchi, kombucha and chia seeds. The author explains to her audience what exactly is raw milk, why the CDC and FDA urge people not to drink it, what are the health benefits that raw milk advocates claim it has, and if there are any raw milk alternatives.

This is not the first time that raw milk has entered mainstream discussion through credible national outlets like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. While Prevention ultimately takes a middle-of-the-road position by stating raw milk is a “try at your own risk” lifestyle choice, its addition to mainstream discussion is a positive step forward for raw milk advocates wishing to spread the message of raw milk’s benefits.

Realmilk.com is a consumer education project of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition education nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. Visit their website, westonaprice.org.

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Portlandia Pokes Fun at Raw Milk Regulations

A recent episode of popular TV show Portlandia shows characters Brendan and Michelle as they discover that raw milk is the ultimate cure for their fatigue, efficiency, aches and pains, and lackluster complexions.

“Raw milk – it’s the future!” they exclaim as they make it their mission to spread the word about raw milk and its health benefits.

Watch the hilarious Portlandia on Raw Milk clip here.

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South Dakota Senate Passes Raw Milk Bill

The South Dakota State Senate has passed a bill that would put raw milk in the same regulatory category as Grade A milk and manufacturing-grade milk, making raw milk a legal product as it will be more easily regulated by the state.

Senate Bill 45 is the result of the hard work of a Raw Milk Work Group that was formed in February 2014 following the recommendation of the South Dakota Senate Health and Human Services Committee. The work group included Department of Agriculture Secretary Lucas Lentsch and other department representatives, dairy industry representatives, and raw milk producers and consumers. (See South Dakota Raw Milk Wins–Dakota Rural)

The passing of Senate Bill 45 means that raw milk and raw cream will be legal for sale directly to consumers (though only for delivery at farmers’ markets), through a distinct set of rules for the sale of raw milk for human consumption. Raw milk producers will still need to obtain a license and permit, must maintain sales records for notification purposes, and their facilities will still be subject to annual inspection by the Department of Agriculture.

Realmilk.com is a consumer education project of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition education nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. Visit their website, westonaprice.org.

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